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Sometimes, soccer players can do more than trot after the ball. For example, Ruud Gullit – who, by the way, has already earned more than Spurs earn as a football pundit – appeared in Ruud Gullit and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt As an amateur Egyptologist. In the first episode, during an overnight visit to the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo, the former footballer confronts former Ajax player Mido – who drives Gullit around the Egyptian capital – about Tutankhamun’s religion. It’s such a pity that the conversation degenerates into a lame joke about erecting one of the mummies watched by gentlemen with light bulbs, mesmerized. This is part of that TV series in a nutshell: the depth is lacking.
Ruud Gullit and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt She appears constantly, and is more Indiana Jones than Popular Science. You feel Gullit’s genuine enthusiasm—as in conversation with a famous archaeologist, explaining exactly what’s in the tomb—but a different look would have been more appropriate. Maybe something more Floortje Dessing with a David Attenborough touch. Furthermore, the voiceover by Willem de Bruin (best known from The Opposites) is very explanatory – couldn’t Gullit himself supply the images with spoken texts?
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However, praise also goes to Prime Video who met Ruud Gullit and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Attempts to draw attention to an important part of world history. And maybe the series also has an educational function: Look, kids, Egyptology isn’t a dusty affair but it’s a very cool science. Ruud Gullit can confirm that.
Ruud Gullit and the Mysteries of Ancient Egypt, from November 11, 2022 on Amazon Prime Video
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